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Emily-may Stevenson

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Multiculturalism By Emily-May Stevenson what is it and how does it work within the uk? What is multiculturalism? There are two ways in which people interpret multiculturalism.
The first one is the more common way and that is every culture has the right to exist and there is no over-arching thread that holds them together.

That is the multiculturalism we think is so destructive because there's no thread to hold society together. It is that multiculturalism that Trevor Phillips has condemned and, of course, we are totally supportive.

There is another way to define multiculturalism which I would call diversity where people have their own cultural beliefs and they happily coexist - but there is a common thread of Britishness or whatever you want to call it to hold society together.

And that is clearly what I would support because you do accept that people have different cultures and you accept them.

It a positive acceptance not a negative tolerance. "
Director of the Centre for Policy Studies, a centre-right think tank "Multiculturalism basically means that no culture is perfect or represents the best life and that it can therefore benefit from a critical dialogue with other cultures.

In this sense multiculturalism requires that all cultures should be open, self-critical, and interactive in their relations with other each other. "-
LORD PAREKH, professor of political philosophy
Chair of the 2000 report, 'The Future of Multi-ethnic Britain'
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Ken Herar. (2012). Diversity is the real Equalizer For Canada’s Multicultural Society. Available: http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?start=170&num=10&hl=en&sa=X&biw=1366&bih=667&tbm=isch&tbnid=fVJsGULxYYozMM:&imgrefurl=http://thelinkpaper.ca/%3Fp%3D14823&docid=sHwpxinlXVDsDM&imgurl=http://thelinkpaper. Last accessed 15.11.12. multiculturalism - the doctrine that several different cultures (rather than one national culture) can coexist peacefully and equitably in a single country- Free Dictionary So what does Multiculturalism affect? Food- Different cultures means different foods
available to us. Most everyday meals we eat are probably not as "british" as you think! Schooling- the british school system has become more multicultural in the form of educating all school children of different cultures and different religions meaning that children grow up with more knowledge than most in older generations. The way communities are set up, whether they contain churches or mosques or other places of worship. Different shops available to communities with a multitude of things we would not be able to get if we were not a multicultural society. Government policies and procedures- meaning that all people within a community has the right to shelter, food, water and opportunities to better themselves. Is the UK a Multicultural Country? In my personal opinion the UK is a very multicultural country my reasoning behind this is just look at the streets you live in, how many different cultures can you spot? what about the classes here at Uclan are they culturally diverse too? i think we are a very multicultural country because without being multicultural the UK as we know it today it wouldn't be the same. But cameron says multiculturalism in britain has failed! David Cameron is a prat! What does this mean for the UK? -He argued the UK needed a stronger national identity to prevent people turning to all kinds of extremism.-He also signaled a tougher stance on groups promoting Islamist extremism.

These both suggest that the UK needed to be more "English" and have the same values and overall ideas as each other and also he separates "Islamic extremists" as the problem whereas that very same weekend the BNP staged a demonstration within London disrupting everyday lives of the people who work and live there. what do you think a country
needs to be "multicultural"?

How can the UK become
a better Multicultural state?
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